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    • 17 Jul 2018

    Why Female-to-Female Mentorship Matters

    In 2017, only 24% of women worked in STEM fields. What’s even more troubling than this statistic is that 50% of women leave the industry in the first 10 years*. But, what if we could change this? A recent study , by Tara C. Dennehy and Nilanjana Dasgupta, determined that “having a female mentor (vs. male mentor or no mentor) preserved women’s belonging in engineering…” There’s a strong movement to spark an interest...
    • 5 Jul 2018

    Five Things I Learned (about Myself) from Crucial Conversations Training

    I recently attended a professional development training titled Crucial Conversations , in an effort to expand my knowledge. I was hesitant at first; change is getting harder as I get older. However, after the introduction I was fully dedicated to gaining as much information as I possibly could. The course was very interactive and the overall environment allowed for easy participation and group discussion. In fact, some...
    • 19 Jun 2018

    Lost and Found: Finding your Place and Achieving Job Fulfillment

    I write this blog while drinking my coffee from a Benjamin Franklin mug. This is my favorite mug because it reminds me that Benjamin Franklin, who was an author, printer, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, activist, statesman, AND diplomat, was able to combine his two greatest strengths – his technical acumen and sense of inquiry with his communication and people skills – to carve out not only a...
    • 4 Jun 2018

    Career Development Tips for Gen Z: An Interview with Emerson Automation Solution's Chief Technology Officer, Peter Zornio

    What will fresh Generation Z graduates find when entering the automation space? A digital revolution! Due to high demand, engineers in the Automation industry are on a quest to discover optimized, “smart” and disruptive technologies that help customers improve operational efficiency, reliability and safety. Young engineers today have the opportunity to take an active role in reinventing what it means to deliver value...
    • 25 May 2018

    Three Benefits of Learning to Code

    As an undergrad, I studied International Relations and German. Needless to say, I had zero interest in studying or making a career of any “technical” subject matter. A month prior to graduating, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone held a talk on campus and discussed his inadvertent career in tech. Biz spoke about how he went from designing book covers in a small design shop in Massachusetts, to building websites for his employer...
    • 9 May 2018

    Chemistry and Creativity: How Art Inspired Me to Become an Engineer

    The one question that we all remember asking ourselves as teenagers is, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” We focus on surviving high school, but we must simultaneously make important decisions that will shape the rest of our lives. What do I want to do after high school? What will my college major be? Will that field of study get me closer to my dream job? What IS my dream job? My first choice was not chemical engineering...
    • 24 Apr 2018

    So Now You’re 30: A Millennial’s Guide to Navigating a Growing Career & Family - Part 1

    If you know what jelly shoes, slap bracelets and POGs are then YOU my friend are probably a millennial (and had an awesome childhood). This also means you are likely so deep into adulting that you have forgotten all about dying from dysentery in a game of Oregon Trail. If you’re like me, you spend your days trying to keep miniature versions of yourself alive while also attending business meetings (that could’ve just...
    • 11 Apr 2018

    Understand, Respect and Invest: Lessons from my week as a Future Energy Leader

    For the past 37 years executives, government officials and thought leaders from the energy, policy, technology and financial sectors have gathered in Houston, TX for CERAWeek . This year, I was fortunate to participate in the CERAWeek Future Energy Leader Program . Every gender, race, religion, political and personal affiliation seemed to have representation in the Future Energy Leaders Program and every voice and opinion...
    • 27 Mar 2018

    My Journey to Develop my own Personal Culture

    I still remember vividly a talk my father gave me when I was around 12 years old. We were in the old barn tool shed on the farm where I grew up in Tennessee. My friends and I got caught “toilet paper rolling” some homes and trees the night before, and he was giving me a stern, heart-to-heart talk regarding what he felt was the most important thing in life—personal responsibility. “You own everything you do and get, Nathan...
    • 14 Mar 2018

    The Importance of Understanding not just How, but WHY.

    I went to engineering school because I was curious about how things worked. As a child, I would take things apart such as toasters, lamps and faucets and then attempt to put them back together. Sometimes I would take multiple lamps apart and create a new lamp from the parts. I felt engineering would give me the knowledge and the skills to take my curiosity to a new level. While an undergraduate at Rutgers College of...